Ratings and Reviews
Looking for the Original?
Just a note for those who are complaining of this "hip-hopped-up" version -- You can get the original Taco version (and the entire album) here on iTunes by searching for TACO AFTER EIGHT. I don't mind these mixes, but they don't compare to the original!
Thanks for pointing out the original Taco
Thanks to Dexter Midnight for pointing out how to find the original Taco song. iTunes doesn't show it if you type "Puttin' on the Ritz", I wonder why? This reworked version lacks the urgency of the 80s take - too languid.
It just shows that apple still needs to improve their search features. Maybe they should get with Google.
Taco scored his one and only pop hit in 1982 with a faithful rendition of the Irving Berlin chestnut "Puttin' on the Ritz." Born Taco Ockerse in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 21, 1955, he recorded "Ritz" in Germany in 1981; a year later, the song (originally popularized by Fred Astaire) hit the upper reaches of the U.S. pop charts, accompanied by a video depicting the singer decked out in a bow-tie-and-tails ensemble emblematic of the Depression-era movie musicals his image strived to emulate. Taco's debut LP, After Eight, contained other recreations of 1930s hits, as well as original material in the same vein; however, the market for such stuff was clearly limited, and after a 1984 follow-up, Let's Face the Music, he disappeared from the charts for good. ~ Jason Ankeny
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- July 21, 1955